MA Art & Material Histories

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The Art School has a long tradition of working with and thinking through materials. Through lectures, seminars, technical workshops, site visits, symposia and one to one tutorials, you will engage with leading experts from a broad range of creative disciplines and professional fields. They will enable you to shape a research area related to Classical, Modern, Contemporary, International and/or Emerging Perspectives, exploring art history’s intimate relationship with tools, materials and processes. As well as textual sources and case studies, your research can also be supported by practical hands-on enquiry. You will be encouraged to use this as a basis to question accepted notions of beauty, value and significance as well as the processes behind the making of meaning and the production of affect.


The Art School’s relatively small scale and the working relationships between the Fine Art, Conservation and Historic Carving departments provide a unique context allowing you to gain a richer understanding. Whilst studying with us, you’ll benefit from our central location in London which allows us to make regular visits to museums, galleries, project spaces and collections as a vital learning resource.  Your research visits will enable you to interrogate layers of cultural and material histories first hand.


We are proud of our high staff to student ratio, and all our tutors are practicing professionals, giving you access to a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge throughout the week. You’ll have access to our specialist workshop facilities including a dedicated drawing studio and print room, with artist-technicians available to support you. And you will be able to study in the peaceful surroundings of our Library which contains a collection of books directly related to your subject of study.

You can download a pdf of our prospectus here.


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